The Philippine beach resort of Boracay regularly tops lists of the world’s best beaches, but there are plenty of lesser known beach paradises waiting to be discovered. While a trip to the idyllic Maldives will likely leave a dent in your pocket, the US beaches of Florida and California won’t.
European beach spots such as St Tropez and Ibiza are the perfect place to party, with those in search of quieter shorelines better off heading for Australia’s Fraser Island, where wild dingoes may be the only company.
Boracay, Philippines The highly rated Boracay draws beach lovers with its renowned White and Bulabog beaches, where water sports, world-class resorts and beachside cocktail bars are aplenty. White Beach alone is two-and-a-half miles long.
Maldives Offering crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, tropical weather and diving to rival that found in Thailand and Mexico, the Maldives offer an exclusive beach and island experience, and a number of luxury resorts.
Miami Beach, US This pre-eminent beach resort has a huge Latin population that keeps the beach vibe lively. While the beaches here are great, it’s the nightlife that is one of the main draws, with hip nightclubs and sophisticated bars providing after-dark entertainment.
Koh Samui, Thailand One of Thailand’s favorite islands, Koh Samui draws visitors with its huge, sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife. Away from the busy Chaweng resort is the quieter beach of Lamai, a popular choice for those who can do without the discos.
Ibiza, Spain Known as the clubbing center of the universe, Ibiza not only boasts the world’s biggest and best nightclubs, but it is also host to pretty beaches, traditional villages and a number of historical sites.
Fraser Island, Australia The largest sand island in the world offers adventurous travelers the chance to four-wheel drive across deserted beaches, through rainforest and past stunning freshwater lakes that are spotlessly clean. The island is also home to dingoes and other native wildlife.
St Tropez, France This is the place to head if you want glitz and glamour, or simply to rub shoulders with stars. Prices don’t come cheap at this exclusive beach, but its fine dining, yacht-filled harbor and stylish accommodation make it worth the expense.
Tulum beach, Mexico While Mexico boasts a number of world-class beaches, Tulum is the only one that can claim having amazing Mayan ruins as well as a beautiful stretch of sand. A dip in the Caribbean waters here won’t leave you disappointed.
Santa Monica beach - California, US An eclectic beach resort with some of America’s most wanted real estate, Santa Monica continues to draw crowds with its beach and surf, art galleries and entertainment, pier and affluent lifestyle.
Salamumu beach, Samoa A haven for snorkelers and divers alike, Samoa’s Salamumu beach features waters that team with colorful fish and a beach that is ideal for lazing in the sun and sipping at cocktails.